Columbia University Reviews

Updated July 28, 2015
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Columbia University President and Trustee Lee C. Bollinger
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Pros
  • Regardless of how demanding your job could be, management is very conscious of work/life balance (in 32 reviews)

  • access to the best academic professionals in New York City (in 19 reviews)

Cons
  • The salary could be considerably better, especially considering the cost of living in New York City (in 10 reviews)

  • Pay scale rather low, especially for New York (in 13 reviews)

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  1. Assistant Director

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    tuition, health, flexible spending, and culture benefits

    Cons

    politics, frequent lack of ethics, lack of transparency

    Advice to Management

    be ethical


  2. Helpful (2)

    CUIT ID Management Group

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    Former Employee - Business Process Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Business Process Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at Columbia University full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It was a very laid back atmosphere. The offices were newly renovated back in 2012 and the new management had some great direction and strategy right before I departed. Benefits package is pretty standard and solid with the exception of tuition benefits. It kept changing on us plus it was almost impossible to apply it towards any meaningful degree program because it was quite strict.

    Cons

    The new management is new for a reason: it's clear they needed new direction. Also, working in higher ed administration within an Ivy League institution is quite unique. They don't really feel like they have to be at the cutting edge or constantly develop new exciting administrative tech because they don't really have to compete for students. The name sells itself.

    Advice to Management

    Offer a more flexible tuition benefit with the idea that your staff will (and should be encouraged to) take full advantage of it.


  3. Part-time Student Worker

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Columbia University

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent communication between staff and admin.

    Cons

    Nothing really, it was a good place

    Advice to Management

    N/a


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  5. Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in New York, NY

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent resources. Some labs are conducting cutting-edge research and there are opportunities for stellar publications. Most peers are very friendly and willing to help one another.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is very difficult. It is expected that a fellow will work many hours to complete his or her project. A fellow is technically not an employee of the university, so benefits may become an issue, particularly if you have a spouse or family. The pay for a fellow is very low and is extremely difficult to live on in New York City. It is also expected that you will not be promoted to Assistant Professor for many, many years after being a postdoc or similar level.


  6. Business School is great work enviroment but doesn't pay market rate

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate Director, Major Gifts in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Director, Major Gifts in New York, NY

    I have been working at Columbia University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great work-life balance Terrific teammates Professional development opportunities

    Cons

    Pay is not competitive Pressure is substantial Hours are longer than typical non-profit job

    Advice to Management

    Adjust pay scale


  7. Great summer job.

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    Current Employee - Instructor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Instructor in New York, NY

    I have been working at Columbia University (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good hours. No bureaucracy. Laid-back.

    Cons

    Temporary. No supervision. No innovation.


  8. Conslutant

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Contractor - Consultant in New York, NY

    I worked at Columbia University as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    People are very nice and work hours flexible. Managers are helpful and open to any issues you may have. A lot of changes so plenty of opportunity.

    Cons

    Outsourced management consulting firm with their h1b type process and methods makes it difficult to apply quality and focus to work at times.


  9. Very political

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    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in New York, NY

    I worked at Columbia University

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting work, people, and opportunities for continued learning

    Cons

    Everything is political. People generally seemed very displeased with having their concerns addressed by senior management who appeared to play favorites.


  10. Stable work environment

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    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator in New York, NY

    I have been working at Columbia University

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I don't hate working here. Even on Mondays. It's not a bad job. It's not a great job, but it's not a bad job.

    Cons

    It's not a great job. My work is not my own -- I am supporting somebody else's career. There is a lack of professionalism among senior faculty.

    Advice to Management

    More staff development across departments would be nice. I don't know who my HR person is. I don't know who to contact for Benefits questions. And so on.


  11. Teaching Fellow

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    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at Columbia University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, wonderful colleagues. Experiences vary widely by department, but the grad school does offer central trainings and has leveled stipends.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy can be cumbersome. However, my particular department had wonderful workers who knew how to navigate the various entities.



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